Our prediction for this Portugal Primeira Liga match:
Estadio Nacional do Jamor will host Friday’s football game between Belenenses and Rio Ave. Belenenses kicked off the new Primeira Liga campaign in style, with the team beating Vitoria Guimaraes on the road, but they are on a five-game winless run ahead of the visit of Rio Ave. O Belem are desperate to record their first home win of the season, and they are likely to leave their hearts on the field.
South Africa international Thibang Phete is rated doubtful after he was tested positive for coronavirus. Rio Ave, on the other hand, failed to book their place in the Europa League group stages, meaning that they will be fully focused on the national championship in the 2020/21 season. The visitors proved their worth in back-to-back wins over Farense and Moreirense, and given O Belem’s form at the start of the season, away win should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Goncalo Silva):
Born in Barreiro, Portugal, on June 4, 1991, Goncalo Silva is a defender who plays for Belenenses. After starting his youth career at Barreirense, Goncalo Silva moved to Lousada before the start of the 2010/2011 season.
After making 28 appearances in the league for the club, the Portuguese defender joined Atletico Club de Portugal in the 2011/2012 season. In 2012 Goncalo Silva signed a deal with Braga B, but after scoring two goals in 83 appearances for the club, he joined his current club Belenenses in 2015.
The Portuguese footballer made his Primeira Liga debut in on October 26, 2015, in a 1-0 win over Uniao Madeira. His primary position is a centre-back, but he is capable of producing fine displays as a right-back as well. Goncalo Silva has one cap for the Portugal U21 team, but he has yet to make his debut with the senior team. His preferred foot is right.
Highlighted Team (Rio Ave):
Nicknamed Rio Grande, Rio Ave are a Portuguese club that compete in Primeira Liga. Rio Ave were founded back in 1939 and they welcome their rivals at Estadio dos Arcos, the stadium which can hold up to 12,815 people.
The team’s home shirt is green with white stripes, whilst the colour of their shorts is green. Rio Ave wear white shirts and white shorts when playing on the travels. The club’s biggest success came in the 2014/2015 season when they represented Portugal in the Europa League group stages. Rio Ave finished the process in the last position in Group J, but they did well to record their first ever win in the competition, with the team beating Danish club Aalborg 2-0 at their Estadio do Rio Ave Futebol Clube.
Former Real Madrid full-back Fabio Coentrao is considered one of the club’s most notable footballers. Manchester City first-choice goalkeeper Ederson played for Rio Ave in the past as well.